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  • irene anton - germany
  • philippe cusse - france
  • ulrika sparre - sweden
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  • Ulrika Sparre

    the plan September 2006

    the Labyrinth

    5 paths - many travels

    The labyrinth of Saksala consists of a structure of 5 main roads with different character which travels through the area from north to south or south to north. During your walk through one of these paths you can also make decisions to leave the path and try the different directions of the smaller trails. These might take you to another experience, lead you to another path or just transport you to a dead end. During the construction of the labyrinth the paths will develop. (It is hard to overlook the area as it’s now covered with dense vegetation of as trees and bushes.)
    During construction more elements will be added, such as objects in or around the paths, sound and find elements and more new paths.

    The most western path (close to the Art Radius house) is the Sculpture path. A path where artists in the past has put up their work, and in the future will add more installations and sculptures. This is also a path which if you follow it, will take you all around the outside path of the labyrinth area. Following along this trail you will in the southern part reach the sculpture tree, a tree which branches functions as a gate to the more central part of the labyrinth.

    The next path is the Pine path, it runs parallel with the sculpture path. The pine path is running amongst a woodland of pine trees. In the northern part of the path you will reach the great pine tree. A symbol for the path. (The wolfs are traveling through this trail during hunting at night.)

    The central path of the labyrinth is the Field and Flower path. It’s located between the two big strokes of pine trees running through the labyrinth area.
    This path opens up like a light green field through the area. It has beautiful green grass and there are flowers blooming in summer time. (This is where you might spot the unicorn if you are lucky.)
    If you wish to leave the field and the flowers you can choose one of the trails taking you into the dense pine forest.

    The next path, running on the eastern side is the Road path, this road will take you to the farmers house. Following along this path you find on one side a wall of pine trees and on the other a fence of weaved sticks. Sometimes the fence opens up into arches and walking out through one of these arches you find many little paths to follow amongst the birch trees leading on to other trails.
    Once reaching the farmers house, it is growing sirens around it smelling beautiful at spring. (The farmer might invite you for coffee if he’s home.)

    The path running closest to the roadside of the area is the Dog path. During the walk on this path along the black and white birch trees, you are close to the dogs. Now they have spotted you. And they will let you know and hear that you are near them. They are guarding their territory so you better stay away or give them a treat.
    The dog path is also a path (like the sculpture path) which if you follow it from south to north or the other way, it will take you all around the outside path of the labyrinth.

    The north side of the dog path reaches into the Northern Gallery forest. The aim of this area is to work as an exposition path, perhaps you wish to do a temporary installation or place a sculpture in it’s way. The Northern Gallery forest will make the labyrinth visible for people traveling on the road, looking for Art Radius, new impressions and thoughts.
    Ulrika Sparre 2006

    report of the jury

    OCTOBER 23 2006
    DECEMBER 8 2006

    The jury:

    Kirsimaria Törönen-Ripatti, deputy chairman of Etelä-Savo Arts Council > Lucien den Arend, sculptor and curator
    Pia Puntanen, cultural expert regional government Etelä-Savo
    Marja de Jong, art director Saksala ArtRadius

    has discussed in the meetings from October 11 and 20 2006 about the LABYRINTH plans from:

    Irene Anton, Germany
    Philippe Cusse, France
    Ulrika Sparre, Sweden

    made during the period from September 15-25 2006

    and has made the conclusion that the different plans all have a good artistic level and would all be worth realizing. The plans are all expressly tailored to the existing forest and they show an interesting and personal view on the area. The decisive factor for the jury is the clear relation between the plan and the future use in context to the art centre. This will be the first labyrinth realized in this way in Finland. The jury has decided to award the LABYRINTH plans of IRENE ANTON - GERMANY and ULRIKA SPARRE - SWEDEN both with a second price. Both artists are invited to combine/integrate their plans to be executing in the labyrinth area with the result an inviting location for visitors with different interests.

    on behalf of the jury
    Lucien den Arend
    art director
    Marja de Jong

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